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How to fix a retaining wall that is difficult to access behind the house?

My retaining wall needs to be fixed/rebuilt since it's leaning, but I can't get any machines back there because house doesn't have much side or rear setback(maybe 5ft on each side) and behind the ...
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How do I stain a pressure treated pine fence?

I am putting up a pine PT post fence in front of my home. The fencing is new and green and I would like to stain it a natural wood color.I don't want to put it up green or wait for it to dry or turn a ...
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What is electrical code for number of wires in a breaker?

US, Georgia I am adding some new ciruits to add some additional outlets. The closest place is to run a wire to the main panel box. My question is, can I connect more than one wire to a breaker and ...
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What is causing the loud, electrical humming noise in my walls?

I have a loud electrical sounding humming noise that is vibrating through my house, and appears to be coming through the adjoining wall of my neighbour's house. It starts and stops at any time of day ...
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2answers
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How often do I need to drain Boiler Expansion Tank?

I have an old style (without a bladder) expansion tank installed on my heating system. Recently i noticed that the water pressure fluctuates a lot in the system and wonder if that maybe because the ...
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2answers
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Can PEX be used for the trunk

Currently I have a length of galvanized steel pipe (3/4") from the water meter, which is feeding the main trunk (3/4" copper). The water pressure in the house is very low, and I suspect it is due to ...
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Should I seal my granite countertop?

I recently redid my kitchen and brought new granite countertops. The company that did the installation was crappy and I had to put in my own supports and other odds and ends that I thought was ...
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How to make a second story floor fire proof?

I have a few bench burners on my second story house. While the dry wall has been replaced with a double layer of Type X 5/8 drywall with off-set sockets I worry the floor. Due to the layout of the ...
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What is this clunking noise in my water pipe?

Earlier today, I noticed a strange, repetitive clunking noise from the vicinity of my water heater. After some investigation, it seems to come from the cold water supply to the water heater. Here's ...
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How do I reduce how much the sun heats up a front room of my house?

My office room is in the front of the house and facing south. It gets hot very fast during hot days (even in spring). It is a fairly small room and I have computers there attributing to heat. There's ...
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What size posts do I need to use to build a wooden driveway gate?

I have just built a 6 foot fence all the way around my property. To finish it offI need to build a driveway gate. The gate will be 15 feet wide and have two swing gate sections. I have used 4x4x8 foot ...
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How do I run a wire underground to an outdoor post lamp?

I live in Geauga county Ohio. My question is three part. First what type of wire do I need to run from the house underground to a post lamp 100 feet away? Second,does it need to be in conduit and ...
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What material should a year-round green house in high elevation be made of?

I am constructing a green house this summer. I live in Ely, Nevada. It is at a high elevation and cold more so than it is warm. Building the structure is not a problem for me, but I do not know what ...
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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...
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Is there some flexible cement-based mortar?

I live in an apartment in a multistoried building. The building is assembled of huge enforced concrete plates - one plate is size of a wall of a room. One of the inter-plate seams has a crack in it ...
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What can I do about my leaking washing machine faucet?

I recently hooked up a new washing machine to the faucets in my sink. They mostly work well, but both of the faucets drip slowly when there's water flowing through them. What can I do? I've tried ...
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Tips on making classic brick and plywood shelves

Moving into a new apartment in a couple weeks and I'm planning on making the classic brick and plywood shelves to put books and stuff. Any tips for me? Do I have to have it secured to a wall?
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1answer
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Basement shower drain backing up when washing machine runs

When running washing machine, water backs up through a nearby shower drain and makes a gurgling noise. How do I solve this problem?
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Mowing a badly inclining lawn

I've got a lawn with a rather steep drop that I'm finding difficult to mow. My wife thinks we should get a self-propelled push mower, but I don't think anything in a consumer range is going to be ...
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1answer
998 views

How do I use a stopper-borer?

I need to bore a small hole in a rubber stopper (bung) like this: I have a set of tools called stopper-borers like these: But I can't figure out how to use them. Simply pressing on the borer ...
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552 views

Problem deciding where to use ceiling colour and wall colour

We have heating ducts that are covered in drywall making the ceiling lower in 2 parts of the downstairs bedroom. The highest part of the ceiling is 8 ft. Do I paint the underside of the ducts white to ...
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What can I do with mold under grouting?

In my new place, there's a semi-transparent grouting/glaze over the corners of my shower - and there's mold growing beneath them? Is this normal? How can I fix it?
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1answer
563 views

what parameters should I look for when choosing an electric deadbolt?

I am looking for electric deadbolts for external steel doors - to place several of them on a door - one on each side (top, bottom, left, right) for extra security. I want to buy just the deadbolt ...
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1answer
955 views

What is “skin” time for bathroom sealant?

I need to replace the bathroom sealant around our bath, as our bath has moved by about a cm over the years and the watertight seal has broken. The sealant I have says "Skins in 15 minutes, dries in ...
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Should I have multiple cable runs for a room, or just one?

My girlfriend is finishing up her basement and has set up a good layout for electrical outlets throughout the rooms (family room, bedroom, and office), but she's only accounted for a single coaxial ...
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3answers
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Is there a standard height for wall mounting flatscreen TVs?

Is there a standard height for wall mounting flatscreen TVs?
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508 views

What good storage rack or furniture are there? What considerations should I have to build one?

I'm thinking of buying a new furniture for my consoles. I've got a NES, Super Nes, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and probably a Wii in the future. I'm thinking of maybe having a carpenter make a custom ...
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1answer
246 views

Help decipher this wiring

I am trying to put a flourescent light fixture into our pantry into an existing fixture/junction box. The previous light was taken down by some previous help I had and they had made a couple of ...
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Why do I have two parallel gas pipes?

I've got a water heater and a hot water radiator furnace sitting next to each other, both on gas. The strange thing is that there are two parallel gas lines feeding each one of these which come from ...
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1answer
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Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?

I have a GE gas dryer (DSXH47GGWW) that is currently next to an exterior basement wall. I'd like to move it to the opposite wall (shared with the crawl space) right next to the water heater next to ...
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1answer
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Why is my shower faucet turning itself off?

My shower has a wall mount single lever faucet similar to this: http://www.cn-faucet.com/Wall-Mount-Single-Lever-Faucets-141.html Over time, it has become more sensitive and now, in most angles, ...
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Installing a surface switch

I have a little utility room with bare cement walls. So I want to install a little surface switch. As far as i understand normally switches are installed on a hot wire, but this switch has no ...
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1answer
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Removing knockouts in composite granite sink

The sink has one existing hole, and 3 knockouts which are cut about half way through the material. What are the best tools, and techniques for removing fixture knockouts on a composite granite ...
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1answer
74 views

Shopping for French Doors

I currently have a sliding door that is 60X96. I want to replace it with french doors. I'm looking at DIY and am wondering whether to go used or new. I was hoping to stay at 500 or less, which ...
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What is this mysterious odor from the kitchen sink and how do I fix it?

The kitchen sink in our home has recently been producing an odd aroma - depending on the day, it's a mix of boiled eggs, sulphur, brackish water, or old food. What we have tried garbage disposal ...
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Water level gets lower and lower in toilet

The water level in the bowl of our toilet has slowly and steadily gotten lower over the last year or so. I replaced the flapper last year, could changing anything in the tank affect this? Or would ...
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1answer
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Jenn Air dishwasher not circulating water properly

Model JDB4000AWS dishwasher fills and cycles ok but the water does not circulate as it should and dishes are not clean. I removed and cleaned all of the interior parts down to the food chopper blade ...
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1answer
234 views

Have I got Rising Damp or a leak?

Can anybody advise me? Walking into the property you can feel the dampness in the air. The kitchen and bathroom run along the front of the house on the ground floor. There is a smell coming from the ...
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How do I address a bedbug infestation?

This bug problem is really stressing me out. I doubt they are bedbugs though because there aren't a lot. I remove 3-8 from my bed a day, and I've read that bedbugs are present in much greater numbers. ...
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Is it OK to block off an unused root cellar to mitigate moisture problems?

I have a root/cold cellar underneath my front porch. The walls appear to be poured concrete as I can't see any bricks or cinder blocks. The room sweats like crazy so there is an obvious moisture ...
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1answer
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Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?

I'm planning to install an EPDM rubber roof on my 1922-built, poured concrete garage. The concrete deck leaks heavily during rainstorms, and it looks like installing an EPDM roof is just within my ...
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Is there a way to remove the warp in plywood?

I just bought some 1/2" plywood from HD for a project, and the best piece I could find was still pretty warped. Is there a way to fix this? Currently, it's sitting flat on my garage floor with a sheet ...
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1answer
137 views

Bought a US appliance and powered directly off Aus mains, is it boned?

Hope this is on topic for this stackexchange. I recently bought a lamp from the US and had it shipped to Australia. Stupidly I powered it straight off the mains through an adapter. The device is ...
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1answer
430 views

How do I deciding whether to install an attic venting system?

I live in Colorado, and the weather is starting to warm up. In a couple months, the temperatures will rise pretty high. Thankfully, I have a well insulated house (there is over 20 inches of fiberglass ...
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3answers
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Mild water damage on drywall from leaky roof

We have a fairly new house (built in 1997). Cheap roof and we had a big windstorm a few years back that resulted in some lost shingles that I had patched -- no major problems. Recently we had a much ...
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1answer
451 views

Garage Fire Wall

I'm in the process of selling my home and the Home Inspector has said the follow: The fire rating is compromised due to missing drywall at the access opening to the area under the front entry (wood ...
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1answer
910 views

is there a solar passive water condenser (from humid air) design anywhere? [closed]

i've looked around and i found only two related designs: active electric water condenser. solar passive water still (that distill dirty water) not quite what i was looking for...
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2answers
194 views

trying to save a cheap electric driller

I wanted to use an old electric driller that it's battery has worn down and i couldn't find a new battery. on the battery it says 7.2V. So i took a AC-> 7.5V DC 1A Transformer and used it in place of ...
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What is the best way to clean your clothes dryer exhaust?

My dryer exhaust goes out of my laundry room, into my attic, and runs for about 15 feet before it gets outside. Over time the lent has built up quite a bit. What is the best way to clean this? The ...
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Has anyone ever used IdeaPaint?

Someone sent me the link to IdeaPaint which appears to be a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard. It looks pretty appealing, but I was wondering: Whether anyone here has ever used it and ...

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